A fire spark landed on the back of 12 year old Cayley McGinty’s summer dress. She stopped, dropped and rolled, ripped her clothes off, down to her underwear and ran as fast as she could inside her house to soak in the bathtub filled with cold water.
Her lower back, across her belly, top buttock and right thigh suffered first and second degree burns.
On May 24, she underwent skin graft surgery at the University of Alberta Burn Unit.
“Now it is a waiting game,” said her mom Sharie.
In 5 days the doctors will tell Sharie and Terry McGinty if their only daughter needs another surgery or is on the road to recovery.
“She is very strong,” said Sharie.
The first thing Cayley was concerned about, after recovering from the shock, was missing her grade six camp out, her Provincial Achievement Tests and how the friend with her was doing, as she too showed great courage and kept calm.
“It could have been much worse, she knew what to do. She saved her own life,” said her mom, who continued to say “what saved her, was what she learned through Scouts, Fox Creek’s fire department school presentations and common knowledge.”
She was airlifted Sunday night, May 20 from Fox Creek to Edmonton and transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
It was her first plane ride.
She spent the first night at the Stollery Children’s Hospital under the doctor’s care, was assessed by plastic surgeons the next day and then moved to the Firefighter Burn Unit.
“The best case, the surgery took and the worst case, more surgeries. We have no idea when we will be coming home,” said Sharie. Her and Terry are taking turns staying by Cayley’s side.
“The main message, we want people to make sure, no matter what age, that kids know what to do.”
In case of a burn – http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/sheets/burns_sheet.html.
Employers have generously stood behind Cayley’s parents, the school and Dalmac Oilfield Services.
“And family and friends – Thank-you, the generous donations, it’s been very overwhelming, we are humbled,” said Sharie crying between tears on the phone. “A special mention goes to Lila’s Angels Travel Care Foundation.”
If you would like to help raise funds for this family, funds can be given through this link: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1JZk5?psid=0c82eeb341394005b0a8b453ebd2a69e, dropped off at the Petroleum Field Lab or at the CIBC Bank in Fox Creek.
Visiting hours are from 11 am until 8 pm at the Firefighter Burn Unit, 8440-112 Street, Edmonton. You will be required to gown, mask and glove up as Cayley is in isolation.
She is in the Firefighter Burn Unit 3C2 room 9. Cards and letters would be great; the family kindly request no teddy bears, toys or flowers. You are welcome to post comments below.
“We are proud of her, she is a fighter and we keep telling her, everyone is right along with you.” said her mom.
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